5 Exciting Pool Design Trends for 2023

If you’re thinking about putting a custom pool in your backyard this year, there are plenty of unique pool design styles and features to choose from. While there’s nothing wrong with a completely classic look, if you want to make your new pool stand out, you may consider adding one or more of 2023’s hottest pool design trends. Here’s a look at some of the options we expect to be in high demand this year.

1. Custom Shapes & Sizes

One of the advantages of installing a custom pool is that you can choose the size and shape that is ideal for your backyard and your family’s needs. Many homeowners are moving away from prefabricated pools and choosing to think outside the box.

People with backyards that are too small for a traditional pool are installing small pools, also called plunge pools or cocktail pools. Those who want to enjoy exercising in their small pools can also integrate swim jets, which allow you to swim laps without worrying about space.

Straight-edge pools with clean lines are very popular right now, however, many homeowners still prefer a curved, freeform look. Multi-level pools and pools with either two shallow ends or no shallow end are also trending in 2023.

2. Lighted Poolscaping  

The introduction of LED lights allowed designers to take pool lighting to a whole new level. Today, it’s not just a matter of illuminating the pool water. Instead, lights are used throughout the entire outdoor area surrounding the pool, creating a gorgeous ambiance and highlighting features outside the immediate pool area, such as fountains, statues, and landscaping.

3. Tanning Ledges

As more homeowners look for creative ways to create gathering places in and around their pools, tanning ledges are making a comeback. These shallow areas, also known as sun shelves or Baja shelves, are typically only a few inches deep and create the perfect space to lounge around, sip a cocktail, and work on your tan. They also create a safer place for small children and pets to play.

Many modern pool designs incorporate upgraded tanning ledges that feature colored lights, bubbler fountains, and sleek, modern chairs and umbrellas that are designed for in-water use.

4. Combining Fire and Water

Fountains, waterfalls, and other water features have been popular additions to pool designs for some time now. The latest trend has been to combine these with fire features, creating a dramatic effect. Many combination fire/water features allow pool owners the flexibility of running both features simultaneously or one at a time. Not only does the combination create a stunning effect, but integrating fire features into your pool design allows for additional warmth, so you can enjoy your pool all year long.

5. Pool Automation

Swimming pools have come a long way in recent years. Virtually all pools installed in 2023 will have at least some degree of smart technology. Most will include options that allow you to control the pool’s lighting, heat, and filter remotely using your smartphone. Some are also integrated with smart home devices, allowing you to turn up the hot tub, turn on the jets, or dim the lights using voice commands.

Start Designing Your New Pool Today!

Integrating a few of these exciting new trends into your pool design can help you create a beautiful, modern pool that you can enjoy for years to come. Whether you’re still exploring your options or you’re ready to schedule your pool installation, the pros at Swim Inc. are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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